WEMS Spelling Bee proves to be a 'marathon

Nichole Hamburger spells a word during the first round. Wendy Howell/WGCN

Nichole Hamburger spells a word during the first round. Wendy Howell/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams Elementary-Middle School hosted its annual spelling bee Jan. 21. Cooper Heap won first place for the middle school. Nathan Fields took the honors for the elementary school.

Fifth grade teacher Josh Bukowiecki organized this year's event. Bukowiecki changed this year's event so the participants would be competing in front of an audience.

"I wanted to make it more structured and professional this year," he said. "We really want to encourage academic extracurriculars too."

Heap took first prize with his spelling of the word "marathon." The second place middle school winner was Jasmine Wouters who went out on the word "personnel." The third place middle school winner was Nichole Hamburger who went out on the word "mogul."

Nathan Fields won first prize for the elementary school. He won with the correct spelling of "jargon." JP Gonzalez got second place when he went out on the word "frequently." Rory Stevens got third when she misspelled "macaw."

"I was happy with the event," Bukowiecki said. "I think the kids really enjoyed it too."

Heap and Fields will battle for the school winner this week and the winner will advance to the Coconino County Spelling Bee. The top winners from Williams will travel together to support the champion.

Spelling Bee Participants

Third Grade

Thomas Gonzales

Williams Gaudreault

Jullie Carranza

Dante hernandez

Luciana Pearson

Kylee Lucas

Cole Christiansen

Ryan Fowler

Iscariot Rushing

Francisco Hernandez

Fourth Grade

Braelyn Woelich

Jakob McGuire Hall

Soluna Ruiz

Jose Martinez

Heather King

Krishna Patel

Jose Martinez Jr.

Asia Porr

Leslie Urias

Gavyn Edens

Fifth Grade

Nathan Fields

Yasmin Captain

Gavyn Fairlie

Joseph Wouters

Joseph Gonzalez

Jessica Zabala

Shaelee Echeverria

Ashley Oswald

Rory Stevens

Sixth Grade

Thorton Christiansen

Tyler Fuller

Marcie Heap

Carmen Gay

Douglas Spratt

Isabella Hernandez

Ashley Alexander

Cailan Gulyas

Shae Simpson

Ethan Long

Seventh Grade

Stephen Emmanuel

Nichole Hamburger

Emily Nobel

Cody Jensen

Kasheda Page

Aailyah Pacheco

Rachel Ellico

Eighth Grade

Cooper Heap

CJ Hensen

Jasmine Wouters

Kolby Payne

Riley Hollis

Damien Pacheco

Jazlyn Romero

Sean Scott

Isaiah Quiriarte

Gabral John

Liam Guylas

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